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DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 was created by thaiwohvista

TEXT:2 KINGS 15:1-12

KEY VERSE: "In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months" (2 KINGS 15:8).

Matthew Henry said, "The greatest of men are not only subject to the common calamities, but also to the common infirmities of human nature; and, if they be guilty of any heinous sin, they lie as open as the meanest to the most grievous strokes of divine vengeance." And because sin is like leprosy, even kings are not immune from its effect.

Our passage today tells us the stories of two kings, one in Judah and the other in Israel. The first is Azariah (also known as Uzziah) the son of King Amaziah of Judah who reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. He started as a good king "And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done" (2 Kings 15:3). The book of 2 Chronicles chapter 26 gives more details of his prowess and achievements.

However, in today's reading, no such information is given to us except about the leprosy that affected him. The Bible says God smote him with leprosy till his death. He started so well but ended poorly. The second king, Zechariah, the son of Jeroboam, reigned only for six months over Israel. He started as a bad king and ended still as a bad king. He was assassinated by Shallum, who took over the kingdom after his death.

The story of the two kings reminds us of the reality of divine judgment awaiting everyone. Kings wield such great power that they could assume they are beyond divine rebuke. A leper is a leper, even if he becomes a king. As Azariah was unceremoniously bundled out of the palace, so will God remove every leper from His presence.

The only solution to treating the sin of leprosy is through repentance and confessions of sin to the Lord Jesus. He is the Lamb of God who died to take away the sins of the world. Anyone, big or small, who comes to Him in humility, will receive pardon and cleansing from stains and blemishes of sins.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Sin destroys; Jesus delivers.


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